dukesA view of some of the audience at one of our readings in The Dukes, Lancaster
(photo by Nigel Parrington of The Low Countries)

April Poets at The Dukes Gallery, Lancaster  Thursday 11 th April 2013


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‘an invitation to experience life elsewhere, in another skin’.

Michael Crowley is a poet and playwright and currently writer in residence at HM YOI Lancaster Farms. His first pamphlet of poetry Close to Home , published by Prolebooks in May of 2012, is in the words of Sarah Hymas, ‘an invitation to experience life elsewhere, in another skin.’ As a playwright he has written for stage and radio, most recently The Cell, which was developed with staff and prisoners at Lancaster Farms for Manchester’s 24:7 Theatre Festival and went on to Bolton Octagon and a production in Australia. He is an associate tutor in creative writing at Edge Hill University.


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‘sharp and not to be messed with’ (Alan Dent)

‘Carole Coates is a fine poet with a novelist’s eye’ (Elizabeth Burns)

R.V. Bailey has said of her poems ‘all offer her vertiginous viewpoints that both startle and satisfy the reader…this unsteady ground lies under all her poetry’.

Carole has three collections all with Shoestring Press: The Goodbye Edition (2005), Looking Good (2009) andSwallowing Stones (2012) from which she will be reading. This collection has been described as ‘an outstanding combination of imagination and intellect’ (Neil Curry).

Pauline Yarwood

Pauline Yarwood

Pauline’s mischievous poetry offers a wry sideways glance at experience. She lives in the Lyth Valley in Cumbria where she writes, makes pots and tends a very boggy garden next to the River Gilpin. She’s notoriously bad at sending poems out to magazines but has still had poems published with New Writing Cumbria. She’s read with The Brewery Poets in Kendal and A Poem and a Pint in Ulverston.

Judy Brown

Judy Brown


Poet in residence at Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere .

Judy Brown is the current Poet in Residence at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere.  Her first collection ‘Loudness’ (Seren, 2011) was shortlisted for the 2011 Forward/Felix Dennis and 2012 Fenton Aldeburgh first collection prizes.  She received the Manchester Poetry Prize in 2010 and her pamphlet ‘Pillars of Salt’ (2006) was a winner in Templar Poetry’s pamphlet competition.

‘Judy Brown writes beautifully original and intelligent poems – lovely lines that zero in on the emotional heart of a poem.’

‘Her poems wrestle at the interface between self and other and from the heat of that fight she forges startlingly original imagery.’ (Martin Crucefix in Poetry London)

Music by The Low Countries

The Low Countries are Nigel Parrington and Els D’hooge, an Anglo-Flemish duo who write and perform harmonious, melancholic and often uplifting songs in a folk-pop hat.

‘indie-folk at its best’ Folk Radio


Thursday November 21st, 7.30

The Storey Auditorium, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TY

Hymas&Lewis perform an excerpt from Sealegs

Hymas&Lewis are poet Sarah Hymas and musician Steve Lewis.

We mix spoken and sung voice, acoustic and electronic sound design, environmental sampling and live digital manipulations to create honest and incandescent performances that render environment, memory and history in the sonically engaging present.

Sealegs offers the expanse of ocean and the confines of an onboard cabin using  stories of boatbuilding, seamanship and wrecks and the sounds of afro-beat shanties and ambient prayer.


“What a great partnership. There’s an unspoken sense of synchronicity.”

“I’ve never heard anything like it. That’s what I enjoyed. It was really catchy.”

“Absolutely brilliant. I forgot totally where I was.”Sealegs

Sarah Hymas has published full-length collections of short stories and poems, poetry pamphlets, written an improvised libretto, two musical plays, three collaborative live literature pieces, made films of her poems, and has had individual poems appear in magazines in UK and the US dance videos, pyrotechnical theatre and lyrics. Lune , a concertina pamphlet, was runner-up in the Saboteur Awards and was recently featured on the Guardian Books Blog. She is a Hawthornden Fellow.

Steve Lewis is a vocalist, percussionist and guitarist, songwriter, bandleader and music-leader with over 20 years of experience in education and community arts and as a performing musician in the world of leftfield pop, world and improvised musics. His Deep Cabaret projects, from solo torch songs to 15-piece improvatorios, have been performed alongside the likes of Ali Farka Toure, Steve Lacy, Bhundhu Boys and Andy Sheppard


Lewis and Hymas

Jean HarrisonJean Harrison

Jean’s poems are episodes of acute attention to fragments of experience.

Jean’s scrutiny of memory and experience is minute, unsparing and totally unsentimental. As Janet Fisher has said of her “She is not seduced by blether; her well-laced shoes are planted firmly in the soil of her adopted lands of Ghana and the Yorkshire Dales”. Her poems are meticulous observations of objects as disparate as waterfalls, uranium, a cheese sandwich. She has published widely in magazines and Cinnamon has published two collections “Junction Road”, 2009 and “Terrain” 2012. She is also a secret prose writer and her novel was short-listed in the Cinnamon Novel Competition. Having lived and worked in many parts of England and West Africa, she now lives in Settle where she helps to organise the series of readings, the Settle Sessions..

‘Jean Harrison’s poems are clean and spare, spry and witty, sometimes surreal, often surprising’ Kate Clanchy

She ‘is haunted by the past and by the natural world.’ Patricia Pogson


Jim Turner

MountainPoet of mountains and remote places.

“I am a Lancaster based poet and write from the landscapes of Lancashire, Cumbria and Scotland.  My writing is often grounded in a place but the poetic exploration is of the ways I read, perceive and express the world around me. I have been published in an e-book by Flax and have won both first and second prize in the Mountaineering Council of Scotland Mountain poetry competition.”


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‘Muscular lyricism . . . from a strongly articulated voice’

“There’s a definite sense of the subversive in these poems, a kind of alternative worldview ‘from below'” 
Steve Spence, Stride.

Deft and direct, Mike’s poetry challenges us to look again; familiar and everyday situations are revitalised, imagined worlds become disturbingly real. There is an economy of purpose, a subtlety of language and a refreshing originality here – qualities that make his work compelling and, in the end, richly rewarding.

Mike Barlow was winner of the National Poetry Competition 2006 with his poem The Third Wife , having previously won First Prize in the Ledbury Poetry Competition 2005, and First prize in the Amnesty International Competition 2002. In 2008, with a folio of five poems, he was a finalist for the Manchester Prize and in 2011 he won 3rd prize in the Strokestown International Competition.

Mike’s reading will include a selection from his latest collection Charmed Lives .


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‘These are terrifically assured poems- sensual, perceptive, entertaining- which bridge the gap between feeling and utterance with a genuine lyric gift.’   — Carol Ann Duffy.

‘Moore’s lyrical verse usually has a narrative or incident coiled at its heart like a spring. It is poetry with a synaesthesia of eye and ear, carefully observed and you can hear the lines too as you read them on the page.’ — Ambit

The narrative power of Kim’s work is underscored by a musicality and assurance that has placed her at the forefront of contemporary lyrical poetry.

In 2012, Kim’s first pamphlet ‘ If We Could Speak Like Wolves’ was a winner in The Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition, judged by Carol Ann Duffy.  ‘If We Could Speak Like Wolves’ was chosen as an Independent Book of the Year in 2012.

Her poems have been published in Poetry Review, Poetry London, The TLS, Ambit, The Rialto, The North, Magma, Staple, Stand, Iota, Mslexia, The New Writer, Obsessed With Pipework, Brittle Star, The Interpreter’s House, The Frogmore Papers, Orbis and Other Poetry.





Photographs of the reading in November 2013

n13aUntitledChris Culshaw, open mic guest


n13b UntitledKim Moore, guest reader, and Mike Barlow

JimturnerJim Turner, guest reader

n13dUntitledCarol Scowcroft and Carole Coates
at the bookstall

Carla ScaranoCarla Scarano, open mic guest

jh2UntitledJean Harrison, guest reader

n13fUntitledJim Turner and Pauline Keith

mb2Mike Barlow, guest reader

n13hSarah Hymas and Mike Barlow

mike murphyMick Murphy helping with the raffle
for the Lancaster Homeless.

sl1Steve Lewis

sl2Steve Lewis